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    So I have been daily driving my 1987 Buick Grand National for far too long and putting far too many miles on it, so I decided I needed to get something just a bit more practical... Plus my girlfriend and I are planning a cross country road trip with our two dogs and I don't know how well that would work with the Buick haha. So my thoughts turned to a nice reliable touring vehicle, I searched and searched for wagons of all sorts, but i kept being drawn to the W124 wagon, it just looks so tank like and comes with the Mercedes reliability. With all my searching, I found only one that fit my criteria and price range. the only problem? it was 921 miles away in Boulder Colorado.





    As you can see, it is a 1995 E320 Wagon in silver with 119k on the clock, owned by a mechanical engineering professor who was so german you could hear the bratwurst in his voice. He had boughten it from the original owners 11 years ago and has kept up with the maintenance quite diligently. But with me being so far away and in the military, its really hard to get away on such short notice. He had already had quite a bit of interest from other buyers in colorado, so I sweetened the deal and offered him $200 over his asking price for him to hold up and let me coordinate something. What I came up with was sketchy at best, with out even seeing the car in person I sent the money to a friends sister who lives in denver and trusted the old german man on his word that the car was as good as he had said. She went to him, forked over the cash (He didn't even want the $200 extra and said that he only wanted what he had posted it for) and drove it to her house and waited for me to get an opportunity to come up and get it. So last weekend was it, me and a buddy loaded up in a rental Mazda 2 hatch and headed for colorado. Needless to say the Mazda was a gutless piece of shit, but it did get great gas mileage on flat land. Picked up the Merc and dropped off the Mazda.

    Me and my buddy with the new wagon!!





    Well, the old german man was right, she ran like a top, not even a hiccup the entire 1000 mile journey home. The weather was beautiful the whole way and I didn't get a chance to use the sweet uni wiper on the way back





    My plans for this car is simple, not super low (So the girlfriend can still drive it) Some new wheels and tires, just basically I want to make it a reliable, sick looking highway monster that just puts away miles.

    Right away, I freshened up the front grill





    Took off the horrendous stickers on the lift gate (which i **** to admit but took me the better part of 2 hours, yuck!!)





    I also just gave it a nice wash which i could tell had not been done in any amount of detail for quite some time.

    I will be doing more to this car as time goes on, but it will not be an extreme build do to the fact of the reason I bought this car and wanting to finish my other project the 87' Grand National. Thanks for reading!
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    Beautiful wagon, can't wait for updates!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slow old man View Post
    Beautiful wagon, can't wait for updates!
    Thanks! I hope to get some more things done in the next few weeks. More than likely routine maintenance and then putting my own touch to her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azrial89 View Post
    Thanks! I hope to get some more things done in the next few weeks. More than likely routine maintenance and then putting my own touch to her.
    Again, can't wait!

    GOD it's so CHUBBY! I love it. Love everything about it. HNNGGG.
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    Not much to update on, but I installed this today



    Progress is slow due to the immense heat we are already experiencing here in Tucson and I am taking the girlfriend to San Diego this weekend for her birthday so not alot of money to put towards either project until after our trip.

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    Man that is sweet. I love the wagons!
    The heat is no joke, that's what's keeping me from doing my rear diff bushings here in Phoenix..

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    God, we are picking up a lot of W124s lately. Starting to get crowded in here

    Dig through the records you can find and make sure the engine bay wiring harness has been taken care of. '95 is right smack in the middle of Eco-wiring.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh Damn, it's Sam View Post
    God, we are picking up a lot of W124s lately. Starting to get crowded in here

    Dig through the records you can find and make sure the engine bay wiring harness has been taken care of. '95 is right smack in the middle of Eco-wiring.
    Yep, wiring was done along with head gasket not long ago. It has been taken care of quite well for the last 11 years.
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    Not much of an update, but it was a big enough pain in the ass to mention. Switching out the license plate sounds easy enough right? WRONG!!! Mercedes used a sweet aluminum spacer and fixed nut set up which would be fine as long as you don't let the plate hardware corrode beyond recognition. All four attaching screws were so corroded I couldn't even get a turn on them. So I blasted it with some PB and tried again the next day, just ended stripping them all out and getting pissed. so with some help from my buddy, we tried easy out and drilling the threads... nothing worked. I had to dismantle the tailgate



    Then got to the fixed nuts on the inside of the tailgate and put a ratchet on and just twisted them off and this is the crap that came out... biggest pain!!



    Also this weekend I got the fish bowl windows tinted. I forgot to take a photo, so I will post one tomorrow.

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    Lovely car! Will closely watch this build

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    Just a photo freshly washed and to show off the new tint. So much nicer than the fishbowl windows it had, also cuts down on the 110 degree weather we are having


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    Mini update!!! Just upgraded the interior lights in the Merc tonight with bulbs from Superbrightleds.com I have used them before when I did the lights for my Buick. Great people to work with!!





    Thanks for hanging around, bigger things are coming. I promise!

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    Got rid of the wood with a cheap fix. Bought some carbon fiber wrap for about $20. You can still see some of the cracks underneath, but over all it looks 1000% better!! Still have to do the long trim pieces that are all along the dash and on the doors. But so far so good




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    Im digging it, really love mercedes wagons.
    How far are you planning on lowering it?

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    Awesome, I was thinking about wrapping the wood in mine. Mine's not too far gone, not a whole lot of cracks so i'm undecided. Definitely take some more pictures of the interior with the CF wrap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tortellini View Post
    Im digging it, really love mercedes wagons.
    How far are you planning on lowering it?
    Thanks man. I'm probably just going to do the H&R Drop Springs. From my understanding it's a 1.3-1.5" drop which is not a lot, but pair that with the 18" AMG Monoblocks I want to get. It should close the wheel gap quite nicely. That and it's going to be used as my moving van for the next few years as my girlfriend and I will be touring the country

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    Quote Originally Posted by StayONE View Post
    Awesome, I was thinking about wrapping the wood in mine. Mine's not too far gone, not a whole lot of cracks so i'm undecided. Definitely take some more pictures of the interior with the CF wrap.
    Yeah, my wood is in pretty rough at this point, and the cracks really show through. But either way the wrap looks so much better. I will take some more pictures as I do the rest of the trim and get my ass in gear.

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    So if any of you guys follow my Buick thread you will know at the end of September my girlfriend and I moved to Hawaii and put our cars in storage and took the Buick North. So thats the big reason this thread has not been updated for quite some time. Well the time has come for us to head back and get our things out of storage and move to her next assignment as a traveling Doctor of Physical Therapy. With that being said, here is how I left her.



    As you can see, I tossed on a hitch to tow our things across country. Also since I have been away from it, I have decided to pursue the avenue of bagged suspension and probably different wheels as well, but we will see where she goes, I will be sure to get a picture of the Carbon Fiber wrap on the finished interior. Thanks for hanging in there!! Ha

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    So we made it back to Tucson from Honolulu and packed up all our belongings and hit the road for the 1600 mile drive to Oregon, It was a great drive, we stopped at my grandparents house for lunch in Phoenix and made it to Kingman, AZ for the first night.



    The next day we woke up to snowy icy cold as piss conditions and set off.



    We drove through vegas and up the incredibly desolate East side of Nevada, at one point we hit a stretch of 124 miles where there were no services and I decided I could do it on less than a half tank... I ran the Ol' Girl all the way to fumes, I still have no clue how I didn't run out of gas. We made it to Twin Falls, Idaho and spent the night. We finished the drive the next day and made it to our new home for the next 3 months, Prairie City, Oregon. Somehow we conquered a Snowy mountain pass with all season tires on the rear wheel drive Merc with a 1500 pound trailer . The only casualties was a burnt out tail light on the Benz, and a burnt out brake light on the girlfriends Cobalt.





    Our new place is down there in the valley somewhere!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Azrial89 View Post
    Got rid of the wood with a cheap fix. Bought some carbon fiber wrap for about $20. You can still see some of the cracks underneath, but over all it looks 1000% better!! Still have to do the long trim pieces that are all along the dash and on the doors. But so far so good
    Good job on this car!
    Just a little trick to help you with the wood. If you had it laying in aceton, all the "paint" of the wood will go off, so when you wrap it after that, you wouldn't see any cracks any more. Just an idea

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    Welcome to Oregon! I don't envy you guys east of the mountains with all that white stuff on the ground.

    FYI, you may have to ditch your euro plate. OSP doesn't always take kindly to people who run with no front plate. Ask me how I know.




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    Quote Originally Posted by MBBelgium View Post
    Good job on this car!
    Just a little trick to help you with the wood. If you had it laying in aceton, all the "paint" of the wood will go off, so when you wrap it after that, you wouldn't see any cracks any more. Just an idea
    Thank You! Awesome, thanks for the tip! Maybe if i'm feeling uppity I will redo that piece.

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    Welcome to Oregon! I don't envy you guys east of the mountains with all that white stuff on the ground.

    FYI, you may have to ditch your euro plate. OSP doesn't always take kindly to people who run with no front plate. Ask me how I know.
    Thanks! I already love it here! I have missed the snow! But man, that mountain pass drive was sketchy as hell!!

    Ha, i figured it was frowned upon, the car is still registered in Arizona so I will just play stupid if I get any grief for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StayONE View Post
    Awesome, I was thinking about wrapping the wood in mine. Mine's not too far gone, not a whole lot of cracks so i'm undecided. Definitely take some more pictures of the interior with the CF wrap.
    Here are some more of the CF. I got all of it done now except for the back doors, I ran out of material








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    looking good, you should re do the shifter surround though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marsss View Post
    looking good, you should re do the shifter surround though
    He'd have to buy a new wood trim piece. Or make one, it was all cracked when he put the vinyl on, cracks are showing through. I still think it looks a lot better anyway.

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